First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

And now the men tumbled out of the hay, slew the gatekeepers, and held possession until Flothetus quickly came up and took the bridge and the castle by force. When the king learned of this he sent many men over the same bridge into Normandy, while Francis, the duke of Brittany led an army from the other side. The duke of Somerset had received this province from the king of England, and when this duke learned that this attack and engagement were taking place, he asked Talbot, the general at Rouen, to stand by him, hoping by his advice and assistance to maintain the city, which appeared to be wavering. But his advice was in vain; for when those of Rouen learned that the king was approaching, they sent their emissaries to him agreeing to the entry of the king’s army into the city and to obey his commands. And so the city was given up to the king. But Talbot and the duke (of Somerset) and all their adherents fled into the castle. When the castle was about to be stormed, the duke of Somerset left his two step-sons in Talbot’s care and secretly fled to England. Thereafter the castle was surrendered, and Talbot and the duke’s step-sons were taken into custody by the king. But since Talbot had not acted with evil motives, as rumor would have it, but conducted open warfare, merely employing his physical strength and skill in the exercise of his best judgment, he was liberated, on condition, however, that henceforth he would not make war against the French. Some say that Talbot went to home in the Jubilee Year to seek absolution and release from his obligations; but to me this appears incredible. It is known, however, that when Talbot returned to England, and the king of France had reduced all Normandy and Bordeaux, Talbot was sent with a large army by the king of England to Vasconia, and that he recaptured Bordeaux and many other fortresses which had seceded from England. Some of these he took by force, others by capitulation. When the king of Prance heard of this, he hastily collected two armies. One of these, consisting of 15,000 men, he ordered directly to Bordeaux, and the other he commanded himself. And when the king came to a small castle seven miles from Bordeaux, he undertook to storm it. He also captured a tower between. Bordeaux and said castle, and this he manned with archers. When Talbot saw that he had two armies to contend with, he decided to first engage the army which he might defeat with the least effort. Accordingly he set out with his army and reached the tower by night, captured it, and slew all the archers, 500 in number. When he moved on in the morning and observed that the royal forces were preparing to retreat, he began to fear that his quarry might escape him; and he ordered the rest to bring up the rear, while he with a force of 500 arquebuses and 800 archers speeded ahead to engage the enemy. For a long time the enemy considered whether to retreat; but fearing to disgrace the king, they decided to abide the fortunes of a battle. They placed 300 arquebuses to intercept Talbot, and placed many other implements of war here and there to injure the enemy. Now when the English unconsciously rushed into the wagon-fort of the French, the weapons were discharged, and in the first attack about 300 Englishmen were slain. When this was reported to Talbot, he exhorted his son, who was with him, to leave and to save himself for a better opportunity; but his son said he would not flee from a battle in which his father was involved. And the father said, My dear son, because of my many renowned deeds, I cannot die without renown, nor flee without disgracing myself; but you, as a novice in knightly affairs, will not be dishonored by flight, nor will death make you renowned. But the son refused to leave his father, and was slain with him.